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1021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: October 22, 2012, 03:43:08 AM

That second earthy, almost tolkien-esque, tree environment looks gorgeous.

If this is any indication, WRPGs may in fact be on their way to become pretty enough to entice me!
1022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: October 22, 2012, 03:37:59 AM
I gotta say, I was reeeal skeptical about this at first.... but with this news...

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/10/21/disgaea-dimension-2-picks-up-after-disgaea-1-limited-edition-announced/

I am a bit more enticed....


I really expected them to try some off the wall genre-hopping to some degree (yes I AM looking in your direction, Prinnies...)..... And to learn that it is in fact a DIRECT sequel and strategy game in the same spirit as the other primary titles in the Disgaea franchise, has got me completely stoked!



Additionally it's not like there will be a character-story to be had either. Laharl's already developed to his maximum as Japan will allow. He's a tsundere who spent the whole first game learning to accept his dere side. Flonne's pretty much been undeveloped since day one and if later installations in the series hold up she's pretty much turned into the closest thing Disgaea can have to a Mary Sue (she always gets what she wants, everyone but the villain comes to love her, hell she's pretty much the Archangel now despite being a fallen angel). Etna already hit her character development cap too, which really wasn't so much development as much as exposition about her past to garner some sympathy.

Don't get that critique wrong, I love the first game but the way the writing style in Disgaea works they can't modify those archetypes any further without the characters ceasing to be 'what' they are and what the audience expects (and if there's anything Japan constantly does in their entertainment media it's milk a loved cow into evaporation with the mantra 'Keep things relatively the same'). Any issues the characters have to overcome personally will pretty much be superficial and irrelevant. More than likely they'll just be tag-alongs for some new character to work out their issues.

As big of a fan as I am.... I have to completely agree with that...

I don't however think that negates the possibility of an entertaining script and narrative. One look back at how many stellar RPG's lacked any relevant character development in regard to the MC's proves, while helpful, it isn't the end-all of an engrossing tale. In Disgaea's case its the humor, ass-nine plot and character interactions that really drive the stories entertainment home..... That can really be accomplished without Laharl "growing" in any sense....

Now given the trend of the writing within the titles that followed Disgaea 1 do I really believe they are gonna pull that off....? Well that is a different question entirely...... I am still skeptical in that regard....

The long and the short of it.... this has enough potential to excite me.
1023  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 20, 2012, 03:47:22 PM
Last, and certainly least, I checked out Ghost Stories in my search for more seasonally appropriate viewing..... This was so bad I don't even know what to say...From what I understand there was a re-release called Ghost School (or something like that) with a far better dub.... As for Ghost Stories, I have nothing at all good to say about it.... period.

Far better dub in this sense means a total re-write. The people writing the dub were aware how bland and boring the original material was, so basically they threw the safety net of good taste out the window and came up with a script designed to make as much fun out of the show as possible. The humor is hit or miss, but I personally found it hilarious.

Oops... then I made a boo-boo.... I guess the re-write/dub is what I saw and not the original.... in either case what I viewed was definately the humorous script.... I can see how someone could really dig this if it were in fact aligned with their taste... As for myself, I'm not a comedy fan to begin with.... This made me feel like I was watching some terrible western slapstick/toilet humor-cartoon..... Precisely the type of stuff that turns me off to western televsion and comedy in fact...

I'm not trying to cast stones at anyones particular taste.... People like what they like.... I will, however, hurl boulders at this show for baiting me with a "Ghost Story" and then hitting me with a tasteless wal-mart pop culture reference followed quickly (and possibly also preceded by) a fart joke.....

I watch anime to forget and avoid western media because I hate alot more of it then I like.... While watching this (brief as it was that I indulged it) I forgot how much I liked anime-LoL...... Even when I watch anime of genres that I really care nothing for, I can usually appreciate something by way of the aesthetics.... Not the case here....
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On a completely unrelated note, the latter half of soul eater has grown on me a bit.... I actually really began to like Death the Kid, Franken-Stein and Crona.... and almost even began to not completely want to shut the show off every time Black Star or Maka openned their mouths-LoL

I also just watched the 4 episode OVA of "Pet Shop of Horrors"... another oldy I never got to see.... wow... now this I really liked... I didn't think I could really get into anything in 4 eps, but this was freakin' cool.... The pet shop owner totally ranks as one of the most memorable creepo-characters I've seen to date. Loved it.
1024  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2012, 09:09:21 PM
I made the mistake of watching the casshern live action flick before ever familiarizing myself with anything else casshern..... I never looked in that direction again..... maybe some people dig it, I really don't know.... but that movie certainly was not my cup of tea... no sir, not at all.....
1025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: October 19, 2012, 09:02:42 PM
Since this thread was revived by RPGseeker, I just want to take the opportunity to point out a strange little synchronicity.... If anyone checks out gameinformer mag, the most recent issue actually has an article about this which talks about the prospect of ever seeing a future to these IP's....

see how cool we are...? RPGfan is ahead of the curve... were freakin' trendsetters in the realm of gaming publications here-LoL....



Wait. Publications!? What are those?

Ancient documents of the past... see before the golden era of google,  there was a time when news of particular varieties was circulated on strange low grade parchment they called "paper".... many many sheets of this "paper" was put togeather on a regularly scheduled basis, sometimes weekly or monthly, and circulated.... the ancients referred to these documents as "publications" or sometimes "magazines".... rumor has it that many of these documents still exist today..... I'm not lying, just google it you'll see I'm telling the truth!!
1026  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: October 19, 2012, 06:04:31 PM
Since this thread was revived by RPGseeker, I just want to take the opportunity to point out a strange little synchronicity.... If anyone checks out gameinformer mag, the most recent issue actually has an article about this which talks about the prospect of ever seeing a future to these IP's....

see how cool we are...? RPGfan is ahead of the curve... were freakin' trendsetters in the realm of gaming publications here-LoL....

1027  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: October 19, 2012, 05:59:05 PM
Ok... well I was just about to defend the currently under-fire aesthetic of Criminal Girls for not being THAT awful..... then I looked up some more images.... then I proceeded to read (in disbelief) about this title.... I am no longer going to defend anything about this game....

http://www.gamesradar.com/criminal-girls-new-screens-are-naughty-rubbing-and-spanking-unveiled/
http://kotaku.com/5605158/in-this-game-you-spank-girls

I understand now, with crap like this is around, why decent titles like Agarest 2 get such bad publicity for a very tame mini-game and LE bonus material (which BTW was not racey or provocative in the least bit....)......

Even with my extremely high tolerance for some of the "discomforting" trends in today's JRPGs (I loved hyperdimension Neptunia MK2, still playing it in fact), I would really question what the freakin' appeal of this is to someone.... particularly someone going through all the trouble to play untranslated in a language with which they are unfamiliar... then again there has been an audience for hentai for ages which is something else I never understood... to each their own I suppose....
1028  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: A Christmas Story 2 on: October 17, 2012, 06:04:28 PM
Hilariously enough, there was already a sequel called A Summer Story.

Filmmakers are so reliant on sequels nowadays that they can forget that some have already been made.

I actually thought that was the focus of this post.... now that I realized otherwise... I am disturbed..... certain things should be left untouched and as-is.... no remake nor sequel.... Christmas Story is one of those things..... 

Speaking of.... I wonder when this whole western film trend of "lets keep making remakes and sequels instead of anything new" will die down.... It doesn't seem to be losing steam... and what has happened and is happening to some of my favorite 80's horror heroes is just not acceptable.... At least that whole ninja turtles thing didn't come to fruition....
1029  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2012, 05:58:05 PM
I have a really affinity for halloween specials... well I never knew it existed, but I just watched "Halloween is Grinch Night" from 1977.... yes the Grinch, as in the Christmas Grinch....  in a halloween special.... Maybe this was common knowledge to everyone, but I was shocked at the discovery of this short little musical....I absolutely suggest it if you appreciate either Dr. Seus or old cartoons.....

Anyone else have any halloween specials they love?
1030  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Suikoden I + II + III on: October 16, 2012, 06:39:37 PM
What an awesome auction! I'd be all over that if I didn't already pay an arm and a leg for all these titles..... good luck, friend!
1031  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: October 15, 2012, 12:12:42 AM
The impressions you are all expressing are indeed disheartening...... more so due to the fact that I already picked it up and just have not got around to watching it yet....maybe I'll be alright.... I typically have a high tolerance for bad dubs-LoL
1032  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2012, 12:08:52 AM
This time last year when I was feeling a little "halloweenie" I picked up the "Soul Eater" series.... a few eps in I gave up..... At the suggestion of a client of mine I decided to give it another go.... Now 24 episodes in I feel so obligated to finish yet I gotta say... This series is really bugging me.... I've found a few characters to have some real personality which is a plus (I really get a kick out of Kid's symetry obsession as I suffer a similar complex with my artwork-LoL) but not redeeming enough for me to give this one a thumbs up.... maybe something cool will happen in the 2nd half of the series...? Like, the characters possibly stop narrating their battle strategies in between cheesy one-liners and special-move-battle-cries.... That would be freakin' awesome....

On the other hand I'm also watching Requiem from the Darkness. I usually don't dig the episodic stuff as much, but some of these are pretty twisted!! I really don't like the art direction though-big drawback for me.....

Last, and certainly least, I checked out Ghost Stories in my search for more seasonally appropriate viewing..... This was so bad I don't even know what to say...From what I understand there was a re-release called Ghost School (or something like that) with a far better dub.... As for Ghost Stories, I have nothing at all good to say about it.... period.
1033  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Klyde's Anime and DvD's *Latest Update: July 23rd* on: October 14, 2012, 08:21:32 PM
Fei you have been messaged my friend!

I'm going to do a limited time offer and see if anyone bites......

For the next 7 days I'm going to offer the whole Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection, The DBZ starter Collection and the Ghost in the Shell Collection I have listed for....... are you ready for this...... 100 US dollars plus 10 for shipping. That is 110 dollars total for a freakin' lot of anime at roughly 40-50% off the low price I was already asking.

I am offering this special from today the 14th until next sunday, the 21st.

EDIT: Please refrain from reminding me/stating what I payed total for all those new..... that could make me sad.... rejoice in the spendid offer and snatch it up before I do the math!!
1034  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 05, 2012, 06:04:55 PM
The first X-com was a freakin' staple of my early days as a gamer.... this is coolest thing happening in the western gaming realm this year for me :)
1035  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Classic single player RPG questions....? on: September 26, 2012, 06:10:37 PM
In any event my kick-off-classic-question is this... how long should I train with masters in Breath of Fire 3 before switching the character in question to a new master... is there an indication as to when I've reaped all the available benefits? Any additional "master system" guidance (spoiler free) would be appreciated actually..... I was going to simply check a faq out but I quickly realized dancing around any spoilers there is a fools errand with this title.... at least on gamefaqs.... so forgive me if this "master system" stuff is common knowledge, but I've been playing for quite a while now and just realized masters don't teach the same skill twice... so before I waste any more time/levels erroneously I figured it best to discern the "meat and potatos" of the situation, so to speak.

I don't think there's anyway to look at the master list without spoiling things, so I definitely wouldn't do that.  Here are some quick tips from Kixer's guide at gamefaqs:

-Check the Master List in the tent. If the Master has a star by his/her name, your character has learned all the skills that they have to teach.
-If you run out of room on any character's Skill list, just use a Skill Ink to unload some useless skills. You can get a Skill Ink from any of the Fishing Spot Manillos.
-If you are using a Master just to learn the skills, DO NOT stop training as this will cancel any levels you have built up under them and you'll have to start over.
-If you have any really low level characters, use them to learn the skills. Then all you have to do is Skill Ink them to the character you want to have the skill. You'll find it's much quicker than leveling up a level 50 Ryu.  Or use Monopolize (a master skill) to steal XP from mobs.

Thank you so much for extracting that info for me and thus sparing my eyes the peril of what I may have glanced.... seeing specific characters names listed in various categories via stategy guides and faqs have led to the worst spoilers of my gaming career..... good to know it was wise to evade the guides and this one... thanks again :)
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